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Jensen, Merrill (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut
3 (1978)

V. Commentaries on the Constitution, 13 November 1787-7 January 1788,   pp. 456-534


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CONNECTICUT/13, 16 DEC.
She appears to be of Pennsylvania extraction and was lately in the
keeping of J [ohn] L [amb] of New York-from        whence she escaped
to this state. She is well pampered for market and at first was thought
to be of great value, but upon more minute examination she is found
to be a deception. Cocks head and tail at first sight, but is soon dis-
covered to be lame in her four feet. Nine hundred pounds (her late
master's salary under the present constitution) written in small letters
on her left hip, the hip which eminent farmers conjecture will soon
be put out of joint. She has a large blaze in her forehead, in which
is written in capitals, FRIENDS, COUNTRYMEN, and FELLOW
CITIZENS. She was considerably galled and fretted before she left
Pennsylvania, by the lash of Mr. [James] Wilson,2 which caused her
to quit the place of her nativity. She is well enough spread for the
people of this state, and they do not wish her to be spread any more,
and therefore if her original proprietor or her late protector will take
her away and pay charges, no questions will be asked; if not before the
first Thursday in January next, she will be reshipped to New York
to pay duties as we are determined not to winter her.
1. This item, dated "December 7, 1787," was reprinted in the Middlesex Gazette,
17 December (CC:283-C for national circulation).
On 17 December the American Mercury stated: "A gentleman in this city [Hart-
ford] received a packet last Saturday evening containing a number of handbills
against the new Constitution. The person who was kind enough to send them has
been careful to conceal his name. It is, however, conjectured that they were for-
warded by a LAMB, or rather a wolf in sheep's clothing."
2. For Wilson's speech of 6 October, which was, in part, an answer to "Centinel"
I see CC:134.
Norwich Packet, 13 December
The grand question at present is, what shall be the quantity of
power to be delegated in order to establish our national government
upon a basis, permanent and stable? It is agreed on all hands that a
certain proportion must be relinquished. Then, if the wisest of politi-
cians disagree in the premises, how can it be a matter of surprise that
private citizens make it a matter of question; from thence originate
the opposite opinions we see published from time to time. We con-
ceive them, however, to be temporary evils, which in the end will
terminate in our political salvation.
Jeremiah Wadsworth to Rufus King
Hartford, 16 December (excerpt)1
A pamphlet is circulating here-Observations, etc., signed The Federal
Farmer2-written with art, and, tho by no means unanswerable, it is
calculated to do much harm. It came from New York under cover to
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